Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Broken City by Allen Hughes, 2013 (R)
with Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Contraband, The Italian Job), Russell Crowe (Robin Hood, American Gangster, The Next Three Days), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Traffic, Ocean's Twelve, Side Effects), Barry Pepper (Enemy of the State, True Grit), Jeffrey Wright (Source Code), Kyle Chandler (Argo, Zero Dark Thirty), Justin Chambers, Alona Tal, Ambyr Childers (The Master), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club), Michael Beach, William Ragsdale, James Ransone, Natalie Martinez
In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
This movie got me thinking. First because I work in New York, second because we are electing now our new mayor, and perhaps because this movie is intelligent. I was afraid of the reviews, not very positive, but the twists and turns of the story are actually interesting. Billy Taggart is a simple man, with a sense of revenge and justice, a little stubborn and not definitely subtle. In some ways, quite ordinary. But because of his stubbornness, he gets to understand things. It is interesting to see the portrayal of our two-level society, with a combination of manipulating powerful people and the rest of us, never really interacting with each other, living in parallel words. And sometimes, something happens that helps change the course of things. Interesting...